It all started in 1881 with a small cottonwood seedling planted in a hole left by a survey crew. The tiny seedling grew into a stately tree known as The Lone Tree.
The Lone Tree
The tree became a Moody County landmark and was a beacon for nearby teacher Emma Clancy and her twelve children during a blizzard in the late 1800’s.
Its existence as a landmark later provoked a controversy when a paved highway came under the shelter of its broad branches. Concrete from the highway created a drought for the roots, causing the tree to die.
The Lone Tree stood for more than two generations near the town of Egan, S.D. A historical marker dedicated to the memory of the famous landmark can be found four miles west of Egan at the intersection of state Highway 34 and old U.S. Highway 77.
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